I began my experience as a guide 16 years ago, when I worked as the resident guide at the Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve in Northwestern Ecuador; this was my first school in the world of ecotourism. I have worked in environmental education programs , as an assistant and volunteer in scientific research and monitoring of wildlife conservation projects, surveying and mapping nests, as well as banding birds in the Chocó Bioregion and in the Galapagos Islands.
I've worked as resident naturalist, cultural and birding guide for several lodges and reserves in the Amazon rainforest, and as a guide and tour leader in the Galapagos Islands, Coast and the Andean Region.
I studied Ecotourism and Hospitality in 2006 , obtaining my National Tour Guide License. This has allowed me to work in all Ecuador's different regions and profound my interest in the amazing diversity of cultures and ecosystems that this charming country has.
A Recent Review of this guide
Santiago is one of the most knowledgeable people we have ever traveled with. Not only does he know birds, he knows history and geographic info, info about volcanoes and ecological issues in this area and much more. We saw birds we will never see again - the rufous bellied seedsnipe, Andean potoo, several unusual hummingbirds and more. He is very personable and we thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Licensed National Tour Guide